The Coaches

Head Coach John Ries

I started coaching with my father-in-law in his backyard pool in 1961.  When the swim team grew and became too large, I moved to a facility in Claremont and formed the Claremont Crocodiles.  Once again, the team outgrew the facility, and in 1972, we moved to Chaffey High School and became Chaffey Aquatics.  In 1990, I took my current position as Head Coach at The Claremont Club.  As Head Coach, I have developed national level swimmers including Olympic Trials athletes, SCS record holders, National record holders, and numerous D1 scholarship recipients. I enjoy coaching all levels of swimmers and seeing the progress each athlete makes throughout their swimming career.  I look forward to the continued growth and success of The Claremont Club Swim for many years to come.

Courtney Eads

Courtney Eads is a native of Upland, California and a TCC Alumni. She began her coaching career off of a decorated collegiate career at the University of Nevada at Reno. As a swimmer at Nevada, Eads earned the Western Athletic Conference "Swimmer of the Year" award as well as MVP for the 2009 season. She performed at the PAC-10 Conference meet her freshman year (with Oregon State University before transferring to Nevada as a Junior). She is a multi-time qualifier for Division 1 NCAA's in the 200 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. In addition to her collegiate career, Coach Courtney represented The Claremont Club at many National level competitions including the US Olympic Team Trials in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, Eads qualified in the 200 Butterfly and the 400 Individual Medley. In 2008, she had a full schedule qualifying in the 200 Butterfly, 100 Butterfly, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle.  
She got her coaching start at Claremont High School and as the Assistant Coach for the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College (CMS) swim team. In six years at the helm of the Claremont High School, Coach Courtney established Claremont High School Swimming as a solid competitive program. During her tenure at Claremont High School, the swim team saw 20 repeat CIF qualifiers in high scoring individual and relay performances. In the 6 years as assistant coach for CMS Swimming and Diving, Eads helped bring the Stags/Athenas to an impressive dual meet record seeing many undefeated seasons, 5 SCIAC Championships, many NCAA Division 3 top ten finishes, and a NCAA Division 3 Champion in the 100 Backstroke. 
She is the head coach at Crafton Hills College where she started the intercollegiate Men’s and Women’s swim program from scratch in 2016 and assisted with the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Teams in 2019. 
Coach Courtney is an ASCA level 3 coach and has her master's degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University. 

Tyler Hauck

Hi everyone! I am a Claremont native. I attended Sycamore Elementary, El Roble, Claremont High, and then traveled all the way to UC Riverside for college. There, I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

In 2010, I joined the TCC coaching staff. Having never been a swimmer myself, I gained a great deal of wisdom from the legendary coach, John Ries. Fortunately, I was surrounded by other incredible coaches, such as Tressa Ries, Jennifer Altree, Winner Sa-Nguansap, and Rita Kalmikova, to help me gain a deeper understanding of swimming.

As the years progress, I continue to learn. I had the opportunity to volunteer at the USC summer swim camp. At that venue, I was involved in a round table discussion with Dave Salo and other amazing coaches from all over the country. I also had hands on experience teaching the students who attended the camp.

Recently, I traveled to Sacramento to participate in an Adult-Learn-To-Swim Certification Program. With my experience teaching age groupers, senior swimmers, and masters swimmers, my goal is to share the wonderful sport of swimming with whomever wants to learn.

Over the last ten years, I have enjoyed helping swimmers fall in love with swimming, make new friends, overcome failures, and accomplish new goals. Seeing the confidence build within each swimmer as they reach new highs is a true delight for me.

I feel extremely grateful to be a part of this amazing team. Coach Courtney and Coach Damon have been exceptional additions to TCC and have provided me with a fresh perspective on the sport of swimming. I am also thankful for the addition of Lynette Struve, who helps keep our team operating smoothly. I couldn’t ask for better teammates!!

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


Damon Pitre

I began my coaching career at Damien High School in 2012 as an assistant and in 2014 took over as Head Coach. During those years I managed to keep a league championship win streak going which now stands at 23 years in a row. I’ve coached a handful of CIF event winners, High School All Americans and CIF State Championship Qualifiers. I’ve also coached four top 5 team finishes at the CIF-SS Div II Swimming Finals including two runner up teams and a 1st place team. I started coaching at TCC in the Fall of 2018 and have enjoyed the new challenge coaching club swimming offers me. My passion in coaching has always been taking swimmers to the next level and helping them achieve their goals and their fastest times!